Resolutions are well and good but have a way of running off the road and into a ditch. What about, as an alternative, the cultivation of one positive habit? It does require a touch of discipline but no gyms or diets. Interested?
In searching for a message to share with you and to begin my own New Year with clarity, optimism, and inspiration, I found it in The Pocket Pema Chodron. The author is a beloved Buddhist nun and teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners. Whenever I turn to this little treasury of short selections from Chodron’s many books, I always seem to find exactly what I need. Here it is:
At the Beginning and at the End
In the morning when you wake up, reflect on the day ahead and aspire to use it to keep a wide-open heart and mind. At the end of the day, before going to sleep, think over what you’ve done. If you fulfilled your aspiration, even once, rejoice in that. If you went against your aspiration, rejoice that you are able to see what you did and are no longer living in ignorance. This way you will be inspired to go forward with increasing clarity, confidence, and compassion.–from The Pocket Pema Chodron, edited by Eden Steinberg, Shambhala Publications, 2008.